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Sir Henry Edwards statue - The Esplanade, Weymouth

It was such a nice day, that we headed to Weymouth and Portland. Lucky to have blue skys as well after previous rainy days.


Statue of Sir Henry Edwards, M.P. Dated 1885.


Grade II listed.


(Note the listing below mispells Edwards)


Edwardes Statue, Weymouth





873-1/24/160 (West side)

Edwardes Statue




Commemorative statue to Sir Henry Edwardes. 1885. By W and T

Wills. Statue in white Sicilian marble, plinth in Cornish


The naturalistic figure, over life-size, stands on a square

pedestal approx 3m high, with blocking-course on a moulded

capping, tall shaft with inscription, moulded plinth and

double-stepped base. The inscription reads, in part: 'Erected

by public inscription AD 1885.. (to) Sir HENRY EDWARDES,MP,

One of the Representatives of Weymouth and Melcombe

Regis....... to 1885, When the town ceased to be A

Parliamentary Borough'.

HISTORICAL NOTE: The Southern Times of 16 January 1886

reported the public unveiling of the statue in a fulsome

encomium, which includes '.... pronounced by competent

authorities to be a splendid work of art....The action is

excellent, being dignified and full of life..... The

cost...will be close on »800'. The same report contrasts the

statue with '...that hideous monstrosity known as the King's

Statue...'. Current assessments of the artistic contrast might

not be the same, but Sir Henry was a great benefactor to

Weymouth, including, for instance, the Almshouses in Rodwell

Avenue, James Street, and Rodwell Avenue (qv), so that the

monument has local historical interest.

(The Southern Times: 16 January 1886: Weymouth).


Listing NGR: SY6809378912


Outside Hotel Rex

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Taken on May 1, 2012